Round Eight: Showdown at Vasquez
[Read the action summary here in the Round Eight thread]
Looks like 5 of the 30 Repair Points went unclaimed, so we went and assigned them to Channing Hunter. Here’s a quick wrap-up of how the damage went down:
Channing Hunter - Escort
Those extra 5 RP brought her HP to her MaxHP of 83, so Channing was well-positioned to tow Clank into battle and face down Fleetwood and Toecutter. Her firepower combined with Toecutter’s flamethrower made mincemeat of Fleetwood and his Caddy, but not before Fleetwood’s considerable firepower nearly obliterated the sturdy red Hilux. 74HP of damage brings Channing down to 9HP.
Clankenstein - Mechanic
The old Dodge’s MaxHP is 31, but he’s been through so much over the last few rounds that it’s hard to say what his HP status was going into this round. Still, his structural integrity had taken a beating:
And his mirror gambit worked a treat… worked too well, as a matter of fact, since it led to Mad Mel putting a bullet straight through the windshield of what Mel perceived as his “stolen” Lincoln Futura:
Hit Points? That Dodge was a rolling skeleton already. The old Mechanic’s physical frame is at death’s door, his psychic connection severed from the shell of his faithful old Dodge and kept in this corporeal realm only through Clank’s iron will and his dogged faith in the Craftsman, whose first Commandment is and always has been Thou Shalt Not Scrap. Nothing is beyond repair to the Craftsman and His devotees.
But they got their work cut out for them this time. Clank has, for the sake of argument, 1HP. Technically.
Desmond Balthar - Scout
Having topped up his HPs, he and Bubba Zanetti took off for the rear entrance of Fleetwood’s HQ. Fast as they are, when they arrived, they found most of the fighting subsiding and a cease-fire called. Only a couple of Fleetwood’s minions did any damage before the firing stopped. 34HP remaining, but also the engine intake, air filter, etc. are all clogged with the dirty rear-entrance muck and will need to be cleaned.
Bubba Zanetti - Scout
Bubba, too, missed most of the action on the trip to the rear entrance. The overall plan was well-conceived and executed, but in retrospect, more good might have been done by helping Channing face off against the bosses. 44HP remaining, but also the engine intake, air filter, etc. are all clogged with the dirty rear-entrance muck and will need to be cleaned.
Major Jos. Talleyrand-LaRoche aka Joseph McCormack - Scout
The Major dealt more damage than he took, but the brass buttons on his dress uniform did take a bit of a scorching when Toecutter swung his flamethrower 'round.
He also caught a few rounds from Fleetwood’s guns, but not enough to put a hitch in #29’s giddyup. Not so you’d notice. 33HP remaining.
Jack Burton, Jr. (Him) - Mule
The redoubtable Freightliner used all the TQ our strongest remaining Mule could squeeze between two cheeks to tear through the gates of Fleetwood’s desert HQ like so much single-ply Charmin, leading Lemmy’s ghostly Metal Militia in earsplittingly noisy warfare against the unlettered leather-clad hordes of Fleetwood’s minions. Most of the fighting took place between foot soldiers armed with spiked bats, chainsaws, axes, the Majesty of Rock, and the Earnestness of Roll, but Junior and his E.A.R.A.C.H.E. just rolled on over everything, willy-nilly.
Not without cost: he’s down to 4HP out of his 55MaxHP.
Momo - Escort
Didn’t take any serious damage, largely because she’s never seen as a threat. Her radioactivity came in handy, though. I can’t think of another way the Gorn could have been brought down, so I apologize for that. 36HP remaining.
Sir Gonville De’Ath - Escort
His well-coordinated attack was exactly right. He barely took a scratch this time as he landed directly on top of Mad Mel, thanks to the Major’s sharpshooting. 63HP remaining.
"Honey" Mallone - Scout
Took no additional damage, but still low at 16HP remaining. She’s got the Kid at the moment, because…
Sally “Cougar” Kruger - Escort
Wrecked, at 0HP. Gorns are tough as telephone poles. Sally’s alive but comatose.
Now let’s see where we go from here.
( * ): posted in tribute to Blazer, RIP, and Cougar, vehicle totaled
: Badass Dragons of the Wasteland - Round Eight